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a nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (first letter of alphabet)a n
 Apple begins with an "a".
 Arancia inizia con la "a".
a indef artindefinite article: a, an (indefinite article)un art ind m
  uno art ind m
  una art ind f
 There's a monster under my bed.
 C'è un mostro sotto il mio letto.
 
Additional Translations
a nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (music: note)La n
 The song begins on an A.
 La canzone inizia con un La.
a nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (music: key)La n
 They're playing Grieg's piano concerto in A-minor tonight.
 Stasera suonano il concerto per pianoforte di Grieg in La minore.
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WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2014:

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A nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (grade)  (scuola: voto massimo)a n
   (scuola: voto massimo)dieci nm
 I got an "A" in my history test.
 Nel test di storia ho preso "A".
 Nel compito in classe di storia ho preso dieci.
A nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (blood type)  (gruppo sanguigno)A nm
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
a | A | a. |
(not to) harm a hair of [sb]'s head (non) torcere un capello a qn nm
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." proverb ([sth] that you already have is better than the promise of [sth] better)meglio un uovo oggi che una gallina domani
 I'm told I can do better if I keep looking for opportunities, but I'll stay at this job for now: a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
a bit advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (a small amount)un pochino, un po', poco avv
 I take just a bit of milk in my coffee.
 Normalmente metto un pochino di latte nel caffè.
a bit advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (slightly)un po' avv
 It's a bit cold in here!
 He was a bit too polite to be honest.
 Era un po' troppo educato, onestamente.
a bit nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (a short while)tra poco, tra breve avv
 I'll see you in a bit.
a bit long adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." colloquial (slightly too long)un po' lungo
 My hair is getting a bit long; it's time to have it trimmed.
a bit much un po' troppo
a bit of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (a small amount of)un po' di, un pochino di avv
 I like a bit of cream in my coffee.
 Mi piace un po' di panna nel caffè.
a bit of a mess nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK (shambolic)un po' sottosopra
a bit of a mess n (difficulty, predicament)una situazione difficile
  un bel pasticcio
a bit of a mess nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (disorderly state)un bel disordine
a bit thick adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." colloquial (slightly too thick)piuttosto denso
  piuttosto spesso
  abbastanza massiccio
 The gravy seems a bit thick; I can stand a spoon in it!
 He's a bit thick though the waist.
a bit thick adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (not very intelligent)non molto sveglio
  un po' lento
  un po' tardo
 He's a bit thick, but really nice all the same.
a bit thick adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (person, physique: not thin)cicciottello agg
 He's a bit thick though the waist.
 È un po' cicciottello sulla vita.
a bit thin adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." colloquial (slightly too thin)piuttosto diluito
  un po' acquoso
 The gravy seems a bit thin, so I think I'll add some more flour to thicken it up.
a bit thin adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (with limited resources)un po' ristretto
  puttosto ridotto, piuttosto limitato
 My budget is a bit thin, so I won't be going to Africa this year.
a bit thin adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (person: skinny)magro agg
  snello agg
a bit too advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." colloquial (slightly excessively)un po' troppo
 His hair was a bit too long for me.
 She seemed a bit too calm. Something must be wrong.
a bite to eat nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (snack)  (informale: piccolo pasto)un boccone nm
a blistering pace nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative, informal (great speed)gran velocità
a bomb (a failure)  (un fallimento)un fiasco
a bright person cima nf
a cappella advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." music (without instrumental accompaniment)a cappella
 The piece is usually orchestral but they performed it a cappella.
a cappella adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (singing: without music)a cappella
 Gregorian chant is usually a cappella singing.
a certain amount nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (modicum)una certa quantità
  un tot pron
a certain amount nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (specified quantity)una determinata quantità
  un dato ammontare
a certain number un certo numero
a chink
just a chink
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
(open: slightly)  (finestra)una fessura nf
 It's a bit stuffy in here – could you open the window just a chink?
a considerable number numero considerevole
a corner on un angolo di
a couple nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a pair, two)  (circa due, alcuni)paio nm
 I have a couple of sweaters in my suitcase.
 There was a couple holding hands as they walked down the road.
 Ho messo un paio di maglioni in valigia.
   (due elementi)coppia nf
 C'era una coppia che camminava per la via tenendosi per mano.
a couple adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (a pair of, two)  (circa due, alcuni)paio nm
 I was hungry, so I made a couple sandwiches.
 Un paio di giorni fa mi ha chiamato un vecchio compagno di scuola.
a couple of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." colloquial (two, a pair of)un paio di
 I'll take a couple of donuts, please.
a couple of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." US, colloquial (two or three of)qualche agg
 A couple of days ago, I saw your brother at the supermarket.
a crock nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. US, slang (lies)balle, fesserie nfpl
a crumb of comfort nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (small consolation)piccola consolazione nf
a cut above adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (superior to)un gradino più su di
  una spanna sopra
 He is a cut above the rest.
a cut above adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (superior)superiore agg
  di livello superiore
a dab hand at [sth] nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (expert)  (figurato)in gamba in qlcs
   (figurato, informale)un mago di qlcs
 My sister's coming to put up some shelves for me. She's a dab hand at DIY.
a dab of [sth] nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (small amount or application of [sth])un pochino di
  un tocco di
a damn un accidente
a damn sight advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." slang, potentially offensive (strong emphasizer: with comparative)assolutamente avv
   (volgare, positivo)fottutamente avv
 I feel a damn sight better now than I did before.
a darn un accidente
a deal un affare
a dear nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (kind or sweet person)una cara persona
  una persona gentile
a dime a dozen adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." US, informal (very common, not rare)un tanto al chilo
  te li danno come resto
  te li tirano dietro
 In Hollywood, aspiring young actresses are a dime a dozen.
a discretion un giudizio
a dog's life vita da cani
a dozen or so adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." informal (around twelve)circa una dozzina
 Can you please bring me back a dozen or so eggs from the grocery store?
a drop in the bucket nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. US, informal ([sth] relatively trivial)una cosa insignificante
  una goccia nel mare
 The U.S. needs to redevelop passenger rail; Amtrak funding is just a drop in the bucket.
a drop in the bucket nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. ([sth] with no material consequences)una cosa trascurabile
a drop in the ocean nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK (a negligible amount)una goccia nel mare
 The money I give to charity is a drop in the ocean compared to some people.
a due un dovuto
a far cry una bella distanza
a far cry from adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (very different from)tutt'altra cosa rispetto a
  ben altro rispetto a
 Life in Canada is a far cry from her homeland of Haiti.
a fate worse than death nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative (terrible misfortune)un destino peggiore della morte
  una fine tremenda
a fate worse than death nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. euphemism, obsolete (loss of virginity by seduction or rape )una brutta fine
a few nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (some, several)qualche agg
a few bob nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK, slang (a small amount of money)quattro soldi
a few times advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (on several occasions)più volte
  varie volte
a few times advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (with several repetitions )diverse volte
a few too many adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (excessive quantity of)qualche volta di troppo
a few too many nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. UK, slang (excess of alcohol)un bicchiere di troppo
a few words nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (short speech or commentary)due parole
  qualche parola
a fiddling amount
a fiddling sum
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
informal (negligible sum of money)pochi soldi, poco denaro
   (denaro)piccola somma
   (denaro, informale)poca roba
a figment of your imagination un parto della tua immaginazione
a fine mess nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (complicated or awkward situation)bel pasticcio
  bel guaio nm
  bel casino nm
 The lies we told got us into a fine mess when everyone found out the truth.
 Now you've done it. Look at the fine mess you've gotten us into.
a fortiori advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (law, logic: with stronger reason)a maggior ragione
A friend in need is a friend indeed exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (a true friend is supportive and helpful)  (hipster)un amico si vede nel momento del bisogno
a f***ing thing (vulgar)  (volgare)una sega
a ghost of a chance nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a very slight possibility)ben poche possibilità
 My husband might run for office, but he really doesn't stand a ghost of a chance.
a glutton for punishment nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal ([sb] who accepts hard work)stacanovista nm
   (formale)lavoratore indefesso nm
  lavoratore instancabile nm
a go-go a gogo
a go-go a volontà
a good deal advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (considerably, a lot)un bel po'
a good laugh nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal ([sth] very funny or entertaining)quattro risate
a great deal nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a lot, much)un bel po'
a great deal nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (many)molti agg
a great deal of effort nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (a lot of effort, much effort)un grosso sforzo
  un notevole impegno nm
 I put a great deal of effort into this project, and I was really offended when management ignored it.
a great time nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (fun, enjoyment)un bel divertimento
  molto divertente
a greater number un numero maggiore
a hair's breadth away advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (very close)a un pelo da
 The house that I bought was a hair's breadth away from the sea.
 The election returns so far show that Harry is a hair's breadth away from victory.
a hand at una mano a
a happy soul nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. informal (cheerful person)un tipo allegro
a hard man un duro
a heap of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." literal (an untidy pile of)una pila di
  una montagna di nf
 There's a heap of dirty laundry in the laundry room.
a heap of adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative, slang (a lot of)un mucchio di
  un sacco di
 Since I retired I've got a heap of time on my hands.
a high su di giri
a hint of irony nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. pizzico di ironia nm
a hoot nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative, slang ([sth] funny or fun)uno spasso
  un sacco di divertimento
 The party last night was a hoot! I had so much fun!
 We had a hoot at the monster truck rally.
a hoot nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. literal (owl's cry)grido di civetta
 When camping in the woods, we heard the hoots of owls instead of lullabies.
a hoot nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (any care to or for)un accidenti
 I don't give two hoots whether or not Sheila comes to the party.
a hot number una cosa speciale
a job well done nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (task that is performed well)un lavoro ben fatto
  un lavoro a regola d'arte
a la advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (in the style of)alla maniera di
 He swears a lot when he's angry, a la Gordon Ramsay.
à la carte advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." literal (ordering dishes individually )alla carta
à la carte adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." literal (menu items: priced individually)alla carta
à la carte advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." figurative (buying selected offerings )separatamente avv
  a scelta
  un articolo alla volta
à la carte adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative (can be purchased individually)individuale agg
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